Thursday, April 17, 2008

Tomato Pulao

Another variety rice, pretty easy and quick to do in any busy days or if you ran out of any vegetables. Other than onion and tomatoes, you don’t have to cut any vegetables. Tomato rice (Takkali Sadam) or tomato pulao is pretty much a south Indian on pot meal or comfort food. The rice has a tangy spicy flavor. I make it often for my Little one’s lunch box who enjoy having variety rice.

tomato pulao
Ingredients:

Rice (Sona Masuri): 1 cup
Onion: 1 diced
Tomato: 2 large or 3 medium (Grind into puree)
Chili powder: 1 or 2 tsp
Turmeric powder: ¼ tsp
Mint: few sprig
Coriander: few leaves chopped
Ginger-Garlic paste: 1 tsp
Salt: as per your taste
Water: 2 1/4 cup


Seasoning:

Cinnamon: small stick
Cloves: 2
Green cardamom: 1 pod
Bay Leave: 1
Cumin: 1 tsp
Oil or Ghee: 2 tsp



Method to prepare:

Heat a pot or pressure cooker with Ghee. Starts with cumin seeds and follow all the seasoning one by one. Add the onion and fry until translucent, add the Ginger Garlic paste and fry until fragrant. Once, you get a nice aroma; add the tomato puree and all powders. When the gravy starts to thick and leave oil in pot. Add the washed rice (I used sona masuri- medium grain rice) , fry for 5 minutes and pour water ratio 1: 2 ¼. Adjust the salt, add the leaves and close the pressure cooker or pot with lid.
If you cook in pressure cooker, switch off after 4 whistles.
In pot, once the mixture starts to boil cover and simmer. Cook for 20 min and switch off the stove. Let it stand another 10 min before opening the lid .



Enjoy the rice with raita or with a special Veg raita.

28 comments:

mitr_bayarea said...

Cham- yes,this is an easy to make quick rice item. I also add peas and red bell pepper to this to make it more tasty.

Thanks for the comment on my blog- with the tip for another bay area beach.

Dhivya said...

I too make the same way cham:)easy to make and so delicious.picture makes me drooling here!

Medhaa said...

hi cham,

I remember having this at my friends place, never made it myself will surely try it.

Thank for the comment on my blog, I have already sent in an entry for the Livestrong Day Event, can we send in more than one recipe.

Cham said...

Mitr & Dhiv: All south-indian known recipe - i am just adding those recipes to Dummies section.

Mitr: Visit the beach and let me tell how u feel the water....

Dhiv: neega jollu vidurathu ennaku ingai terigiradu Dear.

Hi Medhaa,
If u ve alredy contributed it is fine. I am not sure of how many entry we can send it. Thanks to let me know.

Uma said...

tomato rice is my most fav. rice item. So you made me mouth-watering again, cham! Nice color.

Swati Raman Garg said...

aah tomato rice and katrikay shadam are my favs... and urs looks tempting...

Kelly Mahoney said...

How delicious! I just got a fabulous spice rack as a gift and now I know what to do with it all.

Red Chillies said...

Very nice recipe! A good one to make when in a hurry and when looking for a change.

Happy cook said...

I love all kind of rice and tomato rice i adore

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

I love the tangy taste of tomato rice.. really quick to make to!!

Annu said...

Toamto pulao thanks for reminding me :-). Will do it today........

kamala said...

My family's favourite cham.Looks very easy and yummy too.

kamala said...

Cham,my feeds are not getting updated at TOI.How did u overcome this?pls help me.

Divya Vikram said...

I love this rice and make it very often cham..love the colour of ur rice

SMN said...

Cham i love this pulav this is my and my hubby's all time fav

Rachel said...

love the colour

Madhuram said...

This is my husband's favorite too. Do you know the water/rice proportion for basmathi rice while cooking in pressure cooker. The regular rice turns out good, but when I use basmathi rice, the bottom gets burnt or it becomes very mushy.

Cham said...

Madhu: When u use pressure cooker, for Basumati i use 1:1 1/4, and leave only 2 or 3 whistles. Switch off the stove and move ur pan or cooker in cool Burner or countertop and let it rest for a while (10 min). I don't know how much water u use normally, to not get mushy, fry the rice with masala until the rice is coated and try to reduce 1/4 amount of water than ur normal ratio and cook it.
Most of the time i make all pulao item in pressure cooker and use a heavy lid to cover it and cook the rice for 20 min in low heat! Not even a single rice stick the bottom

bee said...

don't cut tomatoes either. use canned. :D

solai said...

saw your recipes only today cham.wonderful.Easy tomato rice.will try

Madhavi said...

very nice recipe cham, m goona make it today, will let u know!!!

Kalai said...

I love thakkali sadham!! Unfortunately, my husband is anti-tomato. Still, will make this sometime. :)

Cham said...

Bee:Ah! u re making more easier my life. When i am not in mood of cooking i do it with canned one.
Solai:Thank u and welcome
MadhaviWaiting ur feedback
Kalai: Oh Dear! u ve to enjoy eating alone once in a while.
Thanks everyone for ur warm encouragement

ANJALI J. said...

hey cham , thats good recipe.. one thing i must tell you cham, you always write comments on my recipes regularly, and thats really encouraging. there are very few like you :D

Richa said...

love the color!
and yes, i'll take the ghee tadka, please ;)

LG said...

Rice looks nice and spicy!

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Great one Cham...& full of flvour. My kids would enjoy this too; will try it soon!

Madhuram said...

Thanks for the detailed info. Cham. I have to try it and let you know how it turns out. I think I use 1.5 cups. Because I don't get it right in the pressure cooker, what I was doing is I boil around 3 cups of water and add 1 cup of rice and keep checking if its done and then drain it in a colander under cold running water.